Posts Tagged ‘SFMTA’

Giant Eucalyptus Attacks Pickup Truck, Wins – Someday, Somebody Will Get Killed by a Tree in Our GGP Panhandle

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Our RPD’s way of taking care of trees appears to be to wait for them to fail and then haul off whatever hits the ground. IDK, do Blue Gum Eucalyptus really belong here on the somewhat sandy fringes of the Great Sand Wastes of the West Side? No, not really. But they’re here now, and they’re just waiting to kill you.

Here’s your clue as to what happened:

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A definite prob here:

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The sad message to our heartless SFMTA MUNI DPT:

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And look, no ticket on sweep day. Que bueno!

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And here’s the offending tree branch, cut up into firewood:

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I suppose both tree and truck will both live on, a bit worse for the wear.

But this tree and others like it? Well, THEY SHOULD ALL BE DESTROYED.

JMO.

Outrageousness: New Extreme Sport Allows Euros to Skateboard Down Our Cable Car Tracks – Video – “Probably Illegal”

Monday, May 15th, 2017

[UPDATE: All the deets here, including the expected stern reaction from our generally-mismanaged SFMTA MUNI DPT.]

Here the video, de la Mecanique Populaire:

These Skaters Hacked Cobblestone Streets With Boards That Hook Into Tram Tracks – Their ingenious innovation created a new extreme sport.

And a few screengrabs. Any cable car bell ringing you might hear is an admonishment – “Hey Euro, stop that,” one imagines:

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What’s funny is that Dude has a big old handbrake for our extra steep Cable Car hills, but not anywhere else he has journeyed:

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Play us out, PM:

“Their innovation has spread around the world, to cities with tram tracks from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, creating a new extreme sport. Skating like this looks pretty dangerous, and we’d guess that hijacking tram tracks like this is also probably illegal. But it also looks like a whole lot of fun.”

Oh, here it is on YouTube: Cobblestone Riders

Seems a bit corporate

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjqrzakGTqwLpk_WtxQQXww

It’s Official: Frisco Now has More Cars, Drivers Than Ever – DMV Sez We Now Have Over 500,000 Vehicles

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here it is, your brand-new DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES ESTIMATED VEHICLES REGISTERED BY COUNTY FOR THE PERIOD OF JANUARY 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2016

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The figure on the right shows our full one-half million vehicles.

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Cf. the data for 2015: est_fees_pd_by_county.

Of course this count includes motorcycles and trucks and trailers, but the vast bulk of that is made of plain old cars, the likes of which the people employed at our SFMTA and SFCTA falsely say are now “disappearing” from the streets of San Francisco.

You want another example? How about something like:

“SFMTA officials said this was due to factors including increased compliance from drivers, reduced vehicle ownership…

Simply, your “urbanist” friends are lying to you, or rather, lying to themselves. IRL, car ownership was going up in Frisco back then and it still is now. (Are repeated SFMTA misstatements like this Trump-style lying or Trump-style incompetence? You tell me. Moving on…)

To this: These DMV stats don’t count unregistered vehicles, and rides owned by many many ppl with out-of state-plates who live in town but don’t feel too groovy about paying any kind of annual ad valorem taxes to the CA DMV, and all the many UBER/Lyfts driven by all those new-to-Frisco drivers (how many, 40,000?) who live in Sac and Tracy and Santa Clara.

And let’s see, what other shibboleths can we… oh, Driver Licenses are up too, see?

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVER LICENSES OUTSTANDING BY COUNTY AS OF DECEMBER 31 OF YEARS LISTED

That’s also brand-new from the DMV. The relevant numbers for Frisco for 2012-2016 are:

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(Darn it! My prediction for 2016 was  588,392 instead of the actual 558,228. Close enough.)

But Somebody told you that Young People Don’t Drive Anymore? Sry, Gentle Reader, that’s another misunderstanding. You see, it turned out that the recent recession-related dip in Vehicle Miles Traveled was actually RELATED to a RECESSION.

I’ll cheerfully concede that changes are afoot transportation-wise these days, but I just need to point out that our supposedly all-knowing and all-seeing SFMTASFCTA people have made a lot of mistakes and errors lately. That’s all.

What else. Oh, how about the reason why it still makes sense to own a car in Frisco. Take a look at this character:

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Yes, that’s sanctimonious urbonaut and State Senator Scott Wiener in his aging, gone-to-Hell Nissan. (And of course he won’t cop to this 2016 incident of getting caught and photographed by a journalist while texting in traffic, because, IDK, it would draw attention to his foolishness? But that’s not my point.) My point is that the reason why it makes sense for him to operate this cheap, old, reliable car in Frisco, even though he lives close to transportation and even though he could UBER Lyft everywhere, is because he can drive around for as many miles as he wants for less than $1000 a year, including insurance, registration, gasoline, gasoline taxes – the whole lot. I’m aware of this because I have an aging, gone-to-Hell Toyota that I drive around as much as makes sense. So I can’t see how our existing stock of indestructible Nissans and Toyotas, Cadillacs, Lincolns too, Mercurys and Subaru are going to be obsolete this year or next year or the year after that or the decade after that.

That’s my point.

Look at all these rides in the Sunset for example. This is Frisco in 2017:

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I don’t see how our SFMTA is going to take away these cars, have them whither away, Comrade, only to have some unknown tranpo system spring up to remobilitate these isolated souls living way out in the west side. MUNI is a high-cost low-speed system which is run for its employees and is hobbled by union “work rules.” How is that going to change anytime soon? And UBER Lyft, well the current service offered at current pricing is unsustainable, you know, financially. If you want to tell me how everything’s going to change I’ll concede – sure, eventually things will change. But how are you going to stop Sunset and Parkside residents from going to the nearby malls and Targets of San Mateo County by using the cars they own now and the cars they continue to buy? Our installed base of rolling stock is our installed base of rolling stock – these cars can and will live out their lives for decades more on the Streets of San Francisco. Sry.

PREDICTION: Car ownership and Driver License possession in the City and County of San Francisco will be once again UP to record-breaking numbers in 2017.

For better or worse.

Sry.

Lyftpocalypse Now: How Our SFMTA Could React to the Rise of UBER with One Simple Trick at Oak Octavia

Monday, May 8th, 2017

You know what a pigeon drop is? I sort of do, but I still don’t get it, not really. I’d be like, well, how is this going to work. And it was the same thing with the Octavia Boulevard disaster, which pitted a handful of landed millionaires of Hayes Valley, like a just a few homeowners, against all the little people of the West Side. It went back and forth a few times, but the West Side eventually lost and that’s how we ended up with the Octavia Boulevard disaster. Anyway, I never believed in it and I still don’t.

So that was then and this is now – traffic backed up all the way up and over the hill, going west from the Octavia Bottleneck. And this isn’t rush hour, this is just some random weekend day, when MUNI doesn’t even try, not really.

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So I’m guessing that most of these drivers are trying to get to a freeway, but this plays Hell with crosstown traffic, which is down to Just One Lane.

But look ahead here – there’s a line of parked cars on the left side starting with a red one, see?

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So why not just get rid of parking here? Wouldn’t that ease the bottleneck?

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It sure would.

Of course our SFMTA is mad at UBER / Lyft these days and yes the arrival of all these Priuseses has hurt mobility, but why doesn’t the SFMTA react? Why can’t it fix its mistakes of the recent past?

What’s that, the SFMTA wants “buy in” from HV? But why is the SFMTA bending over backwards for HV over like eight or so highly intrusive parking spaces? I don’t get it.

And really I never did.

Oregonians Make Themselves a Temporary Home on Busy Busy Fell Street

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

You’re not supposed to park large vehicles such as this at night at this location anymore, but I think enforcement is “complaint-driven,” at this point and I’m not going to complain.

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Entering your home from the fast lane of Fell is the tricky part…

Visitor from New Yawk Scores 23(!) Parking Tickets in Less Than One Month

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

This won’t end well, it doesn’t look:

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(Extraordinarily High Parking Ticket Prices Like Frisco’s Are Regressive – discuss amongst yourselves)

As seen in RPP Area Q, which was precisely devised to be most unfriendly to auslanders

Our SFMTA Doesn’t Want You to Park on the SIdewalk, Except When It Does

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Like this – this is SFMTA approved, as it’s time for weekly street cleaning:

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Epic Front Plate License Plate Location

Monday, April 24th, 2017

I don’t know if this would get you out of a ticket with the SFMTA…

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Geary: A Tea House Next to a A Tea House Next to a A Tea House

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

As seen way out in the Avenues:

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The middle one there I guess could be described as a dessert house, but they serve an awful lot of tea and they have a teapot as a logo.

(Speaking of Geary, you know, if that Geary “BRT” project is so great, you’d think the local Supervisor would be behind it 100%, but I don’t think she is. Who’s paying for the BRT, do we know that? And how much are they paying, like per person? Seems as if the cheerleaders for this joint don’t know/don’t care. Oh well…)

New and Improved? The 2016-Era Speedbumps on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park Now Have More Painted Lines

Monday, April 17th, 2017

So these lines are new, that’s the news.

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I’ve never seen this kind of thing. I guess people were getting surprised by the bumps?

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Frisco remains on the cutting edge of paint engineering, it would seem.

I’ll tell you, I go over these things at a steady 25 MPH, but others slow down to about ten and then speed up again to around 30 only to slow down again a short stretch down the road. That’s the update…